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TCU guard Mike Miles scored a game-high 19 points in the 74-64 upset of Kansas and is averaging 19.3 points in his past four games (The Associated Press/Tony Gutierrez).

 

 

By Jeff Wilson
Frogs Today senior writer


FORT WORTH —
 TCU didn’t just poke the longtime bear of the Big 12 on Tuesday night. The Horned Frogs soundly beat N0. 6 Kansas in just about every facet of the game.

And, now, the Jayhawks get to quick chance at revenge following their 74-64 loss at Schollmaier Arena.

Kansas plays host to TCU in a rare instance of back-to-back games against the same team. This game was originally scheduled as the teams’ conference opener but was postponed by COVID protocols.

The Jayhawks haven’t lost this season at Allen Fieldhouse in conference play, and TCU has never won at the Phog (0-10).

The Jayhawks aren’t going to be happy.

“We know they’re going to be mad,” TCU coach Jamie Dixon said. “We know they’re going to respond. We know how tough it is. We’ve never won there. That’s a place we’ve got to find a way to win.”

Most believe that TCU clinched a berth in the NCAA Tournament with the Kansas upset. Another win over Kansas would give TCU its fourth 20-win season under Dixon in six seasons. The Frogs close their regular season Saturday at West Virginia.

 

TCU men at Kansas

7 p.m. Thursday, Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, Kan.

Records: TCU 19-9, 8-8 Big 12; Kansas 23-6, 12-4

TV: ESPN+. Radio: KLIF/570 AM

 

About TCU:  Mike Miles Jr. led all scorers Tuesday with 19 points in another complete performance He dished out six assists, and coach Jamie Dixon said Miles’ decision-making was as good as it’s been all season. Miles is averaging 19.3 points over the past four games. … Emanuel Miller and Damion Baugh added 11 points apiece. Seven of Baugh’s points came in the final two minutes from the free-throw line, as he missed only once. … The victory gave TCU six Quadrant 1 wins this season, their most since since the NCAA NET formula was first used in 2018-19 and tied for 11th-most in the county. The Frogs have climbed from No. 49 to No. 46 in in the NET rankings.

About Kansas: Expect the Big 12’s leading scorer, Ochai Agbaji, to rebound against TCU after he was held to 13 points on 4-for-17 shooting Tuesday. That ended a string of four straight games with at least 20 points. Jalen Wilson, from Denton Guyer High School, also scored 13 points. … Kansas is 7-0 at home in conference play and 14-1 at home overall. … The Jayhawks are 10-0 all time vs. TCU at Allen Fieldhouse and lead the series 22-3. Kansas was ranked fifth, first and sixth in their three losses. … The Jayhawks need a win to keep pace with Baylor atop the Big 12 standings.

Jeff Wilson, jeff@frogstoday.com